Restoring Your Reputation After an Arrest

Having a criminal history record can haunt you, even if your case was dismissed or you were found not guilty. You can face challenges obtaining meaningful employment among other things. Learn if you are eligible to have your criminal history record sealed or expunged in an effort to enhance your employment opportunities, housing opportunities and other opportunities.

Our experienced Fort Myers expungement attorneys at Ringsmuth, Day & O'Halloran can thoroughly review your situation and provide you with an honest assessment of your case. If you are eligible to have your record sealed or expunged, we can guide you through the legal process.

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In Florida, you may be eligible to have your criminal history record expunged or sealed in certain situations. There are strict requirements for record expungement (record expunction) and record sealing so it is important to have an experienced advocate who can ensure the process is completed correctly. At Ringsmuth, Day & O'Halloran, we can help you determine if you are eligible for expungement or record sealing and guide you through the legal process.

  • Record sealing: If your criminal case resulted in a withhold adjudication, you may be eligible to have your criminal history record sealed. Sealing a record means that your criminal history record will not be publicly accessible and should not appear on a typical criminal background check. Some government agencies, however, may still have access to your record. Once your criminal history record has been sealed for 10 years, you may be eligible to have the record expunged.
  • Record expungement (expunction): If your criminal case was dismissed or if you were found not guilty at trial, you may be eligible to have your criminal history record expunged. This includes your arrest record, booking, case disposition and any other information pertinent to your case. An expunged criminal history record is not publicly accessible and should not appear on a criminal background check. Additionally, government agencies that would have had access to a sealed record will only receive notification that a record has been expunged. A court order is required for law enforcement to view an expunged record.

It is important to realize the information on the Internet is extremely fluid. Information about your criminal record can quickly materialize on the Internet in locations outside of government web sites. The sooner you act to get your record sealed or expunged, the less likely for information to spread out of the government's reach. Our Fort Myers, Florida, criminal defense lawyers work promptly and efficiently to get your case resolved as soon as possible once we receive your case.

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Contact our office today to discuss your eligibility for record sealing or expungement. We will work quickly and diligently so that you can rebuild your life. We are available by phone at 800-416-1434 or via e-mail.